My First Time #10 - Calves Liver
Organ meat? Eeeeeeeeeewwwwww!!! Probably what you’re thinking right? Me too! My dad is a fan of liver and onions, but I’ve always found the idea of eating organs quite off putting.
The thing is, liver is literally one of the most nutritious foods a human can eat. It has pretty much everything the body needs, so seeing as I’m doing this ridiculous carntivore diet already, I thought it was about time I have liver a proper try.
If you look at the chart above, or you watch the video below, there’s no denying the nutritional benefits of eating liver. I was actually surprised to see how many vitamins are in it. Maybe you really don’t need your 5 a day fruit and veg?
Calves liver is the best. Sheep and pig liver is usually available in most supermarkets, but isn’t as nutritionally dense. Also, the problem with supermarket liver is that it comes sitting in blood and apparently liver goes off very quickly, so you want it fresh.
So a trip to my butcher and I had 3 slices of fresh calves liver, for less than £3. I was shocked. Here was fresh, nutritent dense food, locally sourced, and it wasn’t expensive! If I can grow to like this stuff, I’ll be very happy!
After much YouTubing about how to cook liver, I got the frying pan out. Turns out you basically flash fry it like a very thin steak. If you over cook it, it will go rubbery, and that’s apparently what puts many people off.
I opted to fry it in butter, rather than dripping, just to add a bit more flavour, and then serve it with some streaky bacon. Im pretty sure I nailed the cooking. It definitely wasn’t rubbery. Calves liver is supposedly the least offensive flavour of all the livers, and combined with the bacon, this was definitely more palatable than I was expecting.
The texture was softer than muscle meat. It was much finer, without the grain of the muscle fibres you get in a steak. The recommended method for cooking it usually involves flouring it, but that doesn’t fit with the Carnivore thing. I do think that would have made it better though.
I’m not sure if I like it yet. I’ll need to try it again in a week or so. I definitely didn’t hate it, but I think psychologically my head still hasn’t come around to the idea of what it is I’m eating. I’ll definitely be frying it with bacon again though. The addition of the fat was very welcome from a taste perspective. It’s weird to think that liver and bacon fried in butter could be healthy, but turns out it really is, and if for no other reason than that, I’ll definitely be giving it another try!
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